Rum Raisin Carrot Cake in a Bird’s Nest

OK. I must admit that the title of this blog post names the dessert that I had the other night at Park Avenue Winter (originally named Park Avenue Spring which is  located at 360 Park Avenue South as you can see in the photo below) because the presentation of the dessert (which I’ll talk more about later on in this post) really rocked!.

So here is what the inside of the inside of the restaurant looked like which reflected the various seasons dependent on where you were sitting by it’s large faux plants and flowers.

 

And here’s another dining room that’s part of the restaurant…

So Park Avenue Winter has been said to be one of the best new restaurants in New York City and it is known for maintaining a market-driven grill using local New York & seasonal ingredients.

So with that culinary spirit in mind and knowing that I wanted to have dessert I decided to go light on the food and ordered Charred Octopus & Chorizo with Spanish Almonds & California Mandarins.

Well the texture and the taste of the Charred Octopus and the Chorizo  plated in cilentro aoli (the green colored swishes) with the additional chewiness of the almonds and the lightness of the mandarin oranges really went well together. and I totally enjoyed the dish.

As a side order I also decided to have Roasted Cauliflower…

The cauliflower was roasted with capers, lemon juice, anchovies and parmesan cheese.

Hmm… Good.

And finallyLol, it was dessert time.

I decided to order Rum Raisin Carrot Cake with Candied Walnuts and Chocolate Crumb and I absolutely had no idea what would show up.  I really thought that I’d just be having a slice of carrot cake…

But..Da Da. This is what showed up!!!

It was like Wow-What is this?

Well, it turned out that it wasn’t a piece of carrot cake at all.  The orange slice of carrot on top was the yummiest piece of marzipan that I have ever tasted and the inside under all the Chocolate Crumbs was more of a whipped cream/marshmallow consistency(see photo below) that had lots of rum and raisins in it.

Hmm. It was good!!!!!

 

So if you’re in the 20’s and in the Park Avenue South area, check out Park Avenue Winter (with the SpringLol awning). It was fun.

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